Muehr and Hoops onto final stage of PGA TOUR Champions qualifying
Michael Muehr is onto the Final Stage of PGA TOUR Champions qualifying
Two of the nation's top mid-amateurs, Michael Muehr
and Bryan Hoops
, are one step closer to joining the PGA TOUR Champions after both players recently advanced to the second stage of qualifying.
Muehr, a four-time winner of the prestigious Crump Cup, finished third at the Buckhorn Springs Golf and Country Club site in Valrico, Fla. with a score of 14-under 274 on rounds of 69-69-64-72. The native of McLean, Va. finished three strokes behind David Branshaw, who fired a final-round 69 to claim medalist honors.
This past September, Muehr, a reinstated amateur, won the Crump Cup at Pine Valley for the fourth time, adding to his previous titles won in 2008, '14 and '19. Muehr played 72 times on the PGA TOUR from 1995 to 2003 and recorded two top 10 finishes. He played a bit more regularly on the Korn Ferry Tour (121 starts) during that same time period.
Hoops, a five-time winner of the Arizona Mid-Amateur, shot 9-under 275 on rounds of 71-65-71-68 to finish sixth at Primm Valley Golf Club in Nipton, Calif. Mark Walker claimed medalist honors with a 15-under score of 269 (66-68-69-66).
Hoops, a Minnesota native who now calls Tempe, Ariz. home, has played in 11 U.S. Mid-Amateurs and has reached the final 16 on two occasions. Hoops routinely competes against members of both the PGA and Champions Tour at his home club of Whisper Rock, known for having one of the largest rosters of Tour pros as members, including Jon Rahm.
The Final Stage of PGA TOUR Champions Qualifying School will be held Dec. 7-10 in Lutz, Fla.